SUU Welcomes Acclaimed Puppeteer for first Spring Convocation

Published: January 11, 2016 | Read Time: 2 minutes

SUU Welcomes Nationally Acclaimed Puppeteer for first Spring ConvocationNationally acclaimed puppetry-artist, Jesse Mooney-Bullock, will be presenting “The Eloquent Object: Sculptural Puppets that Speak Volumes,” during the first Convocation of the 2016 spring semester on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 11: 30 a.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall of the R. Haze Hunter Conference Center. The event is free and open to the general public.

Mooney-Bullock is known for his development of various works of art, such as: sculptures, paintings, wooden figures, puppets and more. Not only does he craft various works of art, but Mooney-Bullock also uses a blend of writing and storytelling with his creations. With that, he displays his talents by performing in front of live audiences across the globe.

Mooney-Bullock has a deep passion for his process — from conceptualizing his work on paper to his final live performances. According to his website,, he also develops a skill away from artistic world with inventive engineering, which help his perfect his sculpture and wood-carving crafts.

In 2015, Mooney-Bullock’s enormous dragon-head puppets with opening jaws, along with a rideable full-sized elk stag creation was nominated for a Jeff Award in Puppet Design for their parts in the play Hammer Trinity. In 2014, he produced The Jungle and A Kite’s Tale, and in 2013, he produced the puppet show Bear Boy, which was funded by an the City of Cincinnati’s Art Ambassador’s Fellowship program. Other awards for his work date back to 2002.

Money-Bullock is currently working on a piece called Luigi Bullooney's Circus Menagerie, an out-of-the-box hand-puppet show that features specialized puppets performing amazing feats of dexterity and hilarity.

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